Gamelan Mitra Kusuma Live at Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia on 2007-12-14
Gamelan Mitra Kusuma
led by I Nyoman Suadin; special guest instructors Ni Ketut Suryatini and I Made Kartawan
Nyoman Suadin, I Made Kartawan, Ni Ketut Suryatini, I Gusti Putu Sudarta, Jill Brandenburg, May May Chiang, Roger Fox, Layne Garrett, Jennifer Henry, Eka Himawan, Michael Kiel, Linda McKnight, Junko Nakamura, John MacDonald, Andrew Clay McGraw, Maria Paoletti, Karl Seamon, Dana Smith, Jon Singer, Beth Varden, Amber Wagner, Talia Weiner, Jacob Howley, John F. Jeffey, Muryanto, Wayan Sukayade, Endang Saptorini,
1. Bapang Selisir
This is a classical piece that usually accompanied a refined female dance such as Legong. It is an example of the courtly Semar Pegulingan style of music.
Composed by I Made Kartawan. This dance, inspired by the social dance Janger, was created especially for tonight's program. The meaning of the song's lyrics expresses the message of togetherness.
Pendet is a traditional dance, in which offerings are made to purify the temple or theatre as a prelude to ceremonies or other dances. Pendet is a dance of greeting, to welcome the audience as well as to invite spirits to enjoy a performance.
This dance created in the 1940s depicts the movements and character of the King of the Forest.
5. Selat Segara
This dance is a contemporary choreography of a traditional temple courtyard dance for women of all ages. The dance is a greeting and an offering to Hindu divinities and to all those in attendance, accompanied by stately gamelan music.
Topeng Keras depicts the character of the Prime Minister. He has the special privilege to temporarily safeguard the royal court during the absence of the king. Topeng Bondres is a humorous character, cross-eyed and buck-toothed. His antics bring entertaining elements to the performance.
This social dance is primarily performed for entertainment and is not connected with religious observances. Members of the audience are invited, by turns, to come forward to create an improvisation with the dancers.
Collection GamelanMitraKusumaBand/Artist Gamelan Mitra KusumaVenue Embassy of the Republic of IndonesiaLocation Washington DC
December 9, 2009
Good gamelan. Need more archived.
September 3, 2009
June 27, 2008
I studied Gamelan a bit in college and visited Indonesia briefly in the early '90s. Thanks for posting this audio. The first track is outstanding. Live Gamelan. What a treat.